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heARTful stamping challenge – Anything Goes


This month’s theme and monthly prize

Anything Goes + a stamp

Sep 17 – Sep 24

Welcome to our Anything Goes heARTful stamping challenge.  There are weekly Top 3 winners and a random winner from all of the participants receives the monthly prize drawing.  This month’s prize winner will receive this You Amaze Me petite set…these words are just under an inch long each!

What a busy week for me with teaching Kindergartners, having two stamping events at my home (woot woot, that’s fun time for me!) and playing along with the Fall Coffee Lover’s blog hop.  If you haven’t heard about it, you can check out my post here.  I’m also thrilled with the stamp set, Stronger Together, that CTMH released in an effort to help raise money for the Red Cross – check it out here.

This Week’s Inspiration

I love how Cyndi picked up the owl branch from CTMH’s Punny Pals stamp setand paired it with the little twig  from CTMH Stamp of the Month (STOM) called, Feel So Blessed.  There are so many wonderful components from the STOM – including these larger font words and then the other focal images like the embossed circle.  This stamp set can only be purchased during September but you’ll find yourself using it all year round!

Feel So Blessed, Punny Pals - CTMH Operation Smile

supplies:  Punny Pals Operation Smile stamp set  Feel So Blessed STOM


Here’s one of the cards we made at my National Stamping Month celebration.  It features one of the larger stamps within the CTMH From the Heart stamp set.  I gold embossed it to make it pop and then paired it with a piece of gold foiled paper from CTMH’s Silver and Gold paper pack.  Some quick coloring with markers and the addition of a scrap of cardstock and I had a CAS card that was quick and easy – and looks terrific!

CTMH National Stamping Month celebration with this limited release: From the Heart #ctmhfromtheheart

 supplies:  From the Heart stamp set, Silver and Gold paper pack, Gold embossing powder 


I did something rash and scary to create this next card….I performed some minor “surgery”.  eeck!  I’ve actually read about it and finally gave it a try because I knew it would make stamping this background a whole lot easier!  I carefully cut the sentiment away from the flower image on one of the larger stamp sets included in CTMH’s From the Heart stamp set.

CTMH From the Heart stamp set
I took my time and made a clean cut – it works perfectly when I line them back up and want to stamp it as one image!  Remember that this stamp set, From the Heart, is available only during September.

CTMH National Stamping Month celebration with this limited release: From the Heart #ctmhfromtheheart

supplies:  From the Heart stamp set, Fern cardstock and ink, Memento ink

 I hope you join us!

It’s simple to play along:

  • 2 entry limit 
  • no digis please! 
  • please link back to this heARTful stamping Challenge to be eligible for the monthly prize!

Fall Coffee Lover’s Blog hop!

I’m so glad you are joining me for the Fall Coffee Lover’s blog hop!  I’m thrilled to be a Super Sponsor of this fun event…it’s unbelievable that Amy Tsuruta has been able to continue this project as it has grown to be an event almost larger than life!  Here are the details if you are not familiar with this blog hop…check below for my prize offerings!

When: Friday, Sep 15 – 22

Time: 6 am pacific


USE: coffee, tea &/or cocoa images


Prizes?!?  Yes!  There are prizes involved!  But first let me share a card I made for this hop…I’m loving the new fall paper line in CTMH’s Holiday Expressions catalog.  It’s called Falling For You.  I also used the new Leaves embossing folder, the coffee to-go cup is from the new CTMH Cricut You Are Here package and lastly, I used their September Stamp of the Month called, Feel So Blessed.  It took a long time to get this card together (way too long!) but I’m finally happy with it!

CTMH You Are Here, Falling for You, Feel So Blessed | Coffee Lover's blog hop

CTMH supplies:  Feel So Blessed Stamp of the Month stamp set, Falling for You paper pack, White Daisy, Kraft and Fern cardstock, Leaves embossing folder, Cricut Here For You package, Slate, Fern and Goldrush ink

I am offering the following stamp set, Stronger Together, as my Coffee Lover Blog Hop Super Sponsor prize offering…it’s a brand new stamp set that has been designed by CTMH to lend support to the victims of the recent natural disasters.  If you don’t want to wait to “win” this set – you can buy it online here.  All proceeds are donated to the Red Cross.  It’s a great set of sentiments so it’s a win-win!

CTMH Stronger Together – all proceeds are being donated to the Red Cross!

There will be 83 prize winners during the Coffee Lover blog hop – that’s how many Super Sponsors there are!  I think there will a quite a few Flash prizes too!  

Additionally, if you leave a comment below before midnight on Friday, Sep 22nd, you can also have the chance to win my blog prize!  

CTMH Mistletoe Kisses – fits on a 2 x 2″ block

Enjoy the hop and thanks “a latte” for stopping by!  snort!



CTMH From the Heart

CTMH From the Heart and Many Congratulations | CAS card design | 2 step stamping | #ctmhfromtheheart

S T O P! Have you ever made a card and have been happy with it and then thought, “oh, I’ll just do this yet” and then – blah!  That kinda, sorta happened here with this card but luckily, in the end, I was able to save it (and now really like it again.  Phew!).

The From the Heart stamp set from CTMH – we’re celebrating National Stamping Month! – is a set that lets you do just a little stamping or a LOT of stamping and I have found you really can’t goof.  This card is the perfect example. I added some little black dots to tie it all together and matted it once so that it’s a variation from my white on white look lately.  I know you might appreciate that!

This set is absolutely amazing and is only available through the end of September!  I have so many cards to share – I need to get busy but I’m having a card making workshop this Saturday and I have to prep for that first…so stay tuned for lots of loveliness to come!

CTMH From the Heart stamp set

In case you missed them, here are some of my favorites that I’ve already posted.

In other news…the Fall Coffee Lover’s blog hop kicks off this Friday AND, CTMH has released a special stamp set to help raise money for the victims of recent disasters.  ALL proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross.  This set is called Stronger Together…so true, right?!

You can find all of these items (and more!) on my webstore…

CTMH shop now

heARTful stamping challenge winners!

I shouldn’t tease you but my first order from CTMH’s Holiday Expressions arrived last week! I’ve just started to play with it (check out how I used one Christmas themed stamp set for an everyday card here) but hopefully this will help inspire you all for weeks to come! The best part? I earned about a third of this for FREE as a Close To My Heart consultant…they have a generous program and after 6 months + of being with them, I still love it! If you’d like to learn more about joining my team (and earning the From the Heart kit for FREE as a sign up bonus this month), be sure to email me!

And now for last week’s heARTful stamping challenge winners!  The entries were terrific – thanks to everyone for joining in!

5. Karen Ladd

8.  Beverly’s Blog

21.  Stamping Kitty

Winners – congratulations!! If you don’t have my blog badge, feel free to claim it.  I hope everyone will return for this week’s challenge!

CTMH Stronger Together: All proceeds support the Red Cross

Stronger Together – C1716

CTMH created a very special stamp set that is designed specifically to benefit those affected by disasters, such as the recent hurricanes in the US and the wildfires throughout the US and Canada. The stamp set is titled Stronger Together and features a variety of sentiments that can be used for comfort, encouragement, and more.

In order to be able to support multiple needs, CTMH has determined that proceeds from the sale of this set will be donated to the Red Cross, which provides relief efforts to multiple disasters, and which will allocate the funds to where they are needed most. In order to maximize the donation amount, ALL proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross.

CTMH believes in the good that comes when we work together as a community. As the stamp set name states, we truly are stronger together. Ordering this set is one way of coming together and strengthening those who need some extra help in the wake of devastation.

The set is called “Stronger Together” (Item #C1716) 


Thank you CTMH!

It’s been exciting to see so many in the stamping and scrapbooking community donating to the current storm victims.  My prayers go out to all who are suffering.